142 posts • joined 12 Jul 2010
Sit the plastic box next to a PS1.. well one of them looked 'a bit less cool'
I can't be alone
but this is the first console generation that's made me upgrade my PC.
Normally I mutter for about PC supremacy, and then cave on the shiny bells&whistles/exclusives and pick up a new console 'as well'
My take-away sentiment on this generation is that they're both bitching over which can actually run what at 1080, whilst users are revolting over the nickel-and-diming micro-transactions.
I already feel somewhat pissed over mobile failing to deliver the games I was promised (If it's good I'll pay up-front, you offer to sell me 'diamonds' and I'm out forever). The very appearance of this on next-gen consoles has just curdled my interest.
It's not now so much that my PC gives me an extra few pixels, it's that it's the last refuge of what I used to love about games. The recent influx of AAA-indie has also helped - but it still feels like I'm clutching my mouse with my back to the wall.
|'m not quite sure I get it
Yes - the updated design is stunning and I'll go as far as revolutionary.
However, I can't help but feel the advantages of the new format are all aesthetic.
i.e. there's no reason all that new and shiney chippery couldn't have been put inside a more conventional 'box' with exactly the same performance and possibly a minor cut in price.
Putting the price aside, there seems to be a very large trade-off that's been assumed users want between footprint and ability to upgrade.
An iMac looks very swish and neat on the receptionist's desk - but for the power users I'm not quite sure how they're expected to justify the cost.
Seems a product pitched towards those that don't have to explain the cost..
Surely 'blocking' is a bit of a sledgehammer?
It's already possible to get a rough fix on the co-ordinates of a phone. Why not ask the providers to indicate which phones seem to be in, and stay in, prisons?
Or to look at it the other way
You pay your ISP to make the internet come to you. If you want Netflix to come to you, then it's your ISP's job to get your Netflix stream to you (i.e. get their peering, or better still caching, working)
I think the problem is a matter of ignorance by the vast majority of consumers.
How fast is the number in bold at the top, and how much does it cost me - and that's about as far as it goes.
To fix this we need a couple of things. Mandatory service levels and some better benchmarking - Netflix naming and shaming is a start, but I'd suspect Verizon aren't seeing a pile of notice-to-quit letters piling up.
"The company could, of course, take the Apple route and lock down its software distribution to a single store where all apps are tightly checked before release."
I thought that's exactly what they were doing, and all extensions now had to be distributed via their store - you can no longer side-load them.
I *liked* Windows 7.
I *like* the idea of Metro for tablets, phones etc. I even *like* the design of it - Just don't slap it on my f'in desktop please.
^^not my actual opinion
but tax-bleaters really get on my tits.
According to amazon.co.uk's snarky messages
If I buy a book for my Kindle, that's 20% straight HMRC in VAT. Buy a physical book from a 'shop' (online or otherwise) and whilst there may be the odd few pence in corporation tax handed over at the end of the year, but it ain't going to be 20% of gross retail.
Buy a physical book from your local store - you're practically pissing on the chips of the children of a single-mother-on-benefits.
Mixed up with this incident?
I think it just auto-follows
He's following me, and 365k other people..
From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.
I've been back in love with my gaming PC for the last few years (console exclusive of GTA V aside, whose purchase of which I'm still feeling a bit pissy over).
Downstairs I have my big TV, my surround sound, my Cable box, my Western Digital streamer etc - and my 360 I once loved with a lapsed Gold account and (GTA aside) a pile of plastic instruments as its only purpose to exist.
I look at the new consoles with a yawn and resolve I want a Steam box down there to replace them all.
...Just don't really want a Steam box as that's a pile of cash when I have my pride and joy sitting upstairs.
I was tempted by the nVidia Shield, but then finally twigged I'd only every use it to play games spooled off my PC, whilst I sprawled on my sofa (with my perfectly good TV and 360 pad sat around doing nothing).
I'm with you and I'm not an iphone user
If the thing works well (and is accepted as being secure), then I want a fingerprint scanner on my next phone.
AAll manner of clever stuff could be added. E.g. upload a hash of your fingerprint onto the cloud with the rest of your data and then.. oh I dunno. You touch your friends scanner and it adds your contact details to their phone. You touch the scanner, and it syncs your entire iphone onto it? Your child touches it, and they get launched into a safe/non-microtransaction/educational game only account etc etc.
Apple provide premium tech products, for people who aren't too bothered about tech, have the money and just want the damn thing to work.
If you're willing to hunt about you can always find something cheaper or better or more innovative - but they have that sweet spot they sit in where their customers haver confidence with them and they deliver well.
Google won't tell me if I'm right
but I got a bit of deja-vu on the photo and the name, on a BBC news story tonight regarding the upcoming planned teachers strikes.
Cause or effect?
If I drink and smoke
I'm more likely to hang out with people who drink or smoke
So I'm more likely to be facebook friends with people who drink or smoke
So I'm more likely to see pictures of people drinking and smoking.
You're the one that read the article
and felt compelled to comment (as I also did, I will happily admit).
We're all suckers for what Apple'll do next - and I also agree with every point you made.
Cut Line, Immediate Termination Order Relayed In Style
OOh purty box
Mission All Fucked Immediate Abort
Button being slang for a Mafia member as well.
No idea what the tax system is like in the US, but I remember reading this when I got my Raspberry Pi.
Basically merely from a tax point of view, it's cheaper to get the bits all soldered together abroad, than so the soldering here.
God I wish you weren't right
Didn't like the logo on the back of the case and was convinced I would turn off the fancy graphic-equalizer the moment I booted up the phone... but I didn't...
Still wouldn't be seen dead wearing the ear/head phones - but *small voice* - I do like how it sounds.
I picked up a very similar (if maybe slightly less 'no-name' as it has clones) Foscam.
Actually pretty damn good for the money, but does come with both a built in dynamic dyns service with a pre-specified address and upnp.
I can't remember what the default setup was, but I guess it only takes a few mis-clicks in the config and inability to setup a secure password and a ping sweeper with regex... ooh there's a fun task for me this evening :)
No idea where this surprise is coming from
As seems exactly the same policy as on the existing Xbox360.
I switched back to my PC for gaming a few years ago and just let my gold subscription lapse. No problem, if I want to play online games I'll sign up again.
Recently signed up to Netflix and thought "Oh, I think my 360 supports that" - installed the client and was promptly told that it wouldn't run until I purchased gold.
You might not like it, but Xbox policy would seem to be "anything that comes over that network socket, apart from game purchases and patches requires gold"
Personally don't really have an issue with it - just if they came out and simply said it, then life would be easier for all.
Re: Too little, too late.
Maybe look at it the other way - you liked you BB, but all your BBM friends have jumped ship to an iphone and now you've nobody to talk to on BBM. That's a pretty good reason to bin the BB and join them.
If your iphone buddies are using BBM and you happen to like your BB, you'll keep it, or maybe even buy a shiney new one.
Still - suspect it's all too late, and they're all on Whatsapp already.
Throttling connections can't help in shared houses.
At least I can choose to download 10 gigs now, or later.
Share with half a dozen other people, who are born into the IP-on-demand world, and you'll get home and find they've eaten your bandwidth. Doesn't help that pretty much all TV is consumed through the ubiquitous student laptop (although I curse their youth for not having to trail ever more complex configurations of RF cable and boosters around the place, just to get passable reception on your 14" TV).
Indeed - I feel sorry for the guy
I mean OK, you've managed to get $100 off the price, but taking into account the time it must have taken him to do this, run the ebay sales, pay their fees etc etc. Well I can't even see the hourly rate being that good, let alone what he'd get from work..
I love their stuff
From my motherboard to my Nexus 7. They're not 'sexy' - but they make bullet proof and excellently engineered stuff.
I got an email from them a while ago to fill in a questionnaire about 'Asus' - from memory it had the standard are you considering buying, what do you feel about Asus, and then descended into a mess of have you heard of "really badly named consumer product" and a load of guff about how they could alter their brand image.
If anybody from Asus is reading this. I *like* your brand image (you can take my opening sentence as your strapline if you wish). The problem is simply that I'm in the 1% of people who've ever heard of you.
Selling components is horrible - if you do a good job, you can always be undercut on cost. Make good stuff, hand out stuff to the geeky channels to review and you'll be fine. If I had one suggestion, it's that you stop selling half a dozen 'flavours' of the same product?
If you want to compete with Samsung and Apple, then you just need to get your stuff out there. N7 was a success as it had the google brand (OK, you're still working on that), was a great device, at a great price, with easy to understand versions (memory size & 3G - which we all understand in this iphone world).
Just do this again. Choose a gap in the market, create a product with a few models, write off any inclination to make a profit, and flog the thing through as many channels as possible - get it into shops.
Samsung are as bad
My S3 stopped working after 8 months - just boot looped whilst in my pocket.
After a couple of days I managed to get Samsung to take it back. Week later I get a letter "Cost to replace broken screen £130"... Phone up the repair company to let them know my screen was pristine, and if it's broken it must have happened in shipping. Unfortunately they can't check as they sent the phone back to me at the same time as they sent me the letter.
So, back on the phone to Samsung (hidden option #6 if memory serves, having given up on their online form system from hell).
No we can't take it back, as you broke the screen.
No, I didn't break the screen, it's infront of me completely unbroken.
Well that may be what you say.
You calling me a liar?
No, but we can't take it take it for repair, as the screen is broken.
Eventually they did take it back (after I'd promised I'd pay for any re-inspection they thought required), this time it went to another repair company. This time they just returned it to me immediately with a note saying that due to water damage the phone is uneconomical to repair.
So, back on the phone to them. Seemingly the best they could offer was that I could drop it off at one of a few qualified electrical engineers and pay them to produce a report on my phone....
I eventually decided that I just need a phone - so I currently have an HTC One, which I love to bits. Especially after the last update, which has seemingly doubled the battery life (although it was quite shocking before when you put it under any load).
The S3 is still sitting there on a shelf mocking me. The sensible thing would be to keep on bugging Samsung, but I just can't summon the energy. The rational thing would be to ebay it as-is for parts, but god-damnit, Samsung owe me a phone.
Re: Digg It
Personally I landed with Feedly - but no great loyalty on my part yet.
Actually, that's quite unfair of me, they've nearly filled the gaping void left by Reader, and haven't tried to tap me for anything yet (despite my being reasonably open to it).
Mine arrived yesterday
I ordered the thing on impulse driven by:
a) That looks pretty damn cool
b) It's not really that much
Spent a happy couple of hours playing with it and I'm quite impressed with it. Does what it says on the tin and it tracks my fingers - basically what the kinect promised on a macro scale and quite spectacularly failed to deliver.
I'm a bit torn when I read the reviews - I pretty much agree with most of what they say, but as far as I'm concerned they're somewhat missing the point. It's not currently a productive tool and any review judging it on this will end in criticism - it's a toy.
What I'm impressed by is not the software, it's the hardware - *it* does what it's supposed to perfectly. We're now just waiting for the software to use it properly.
Quite a lot of the criticism seems to be around that the UI varies by app - that's fair if you were say looking for a mouse replacement - but surely nobody sane was. I'm just interested to see how different designers can leverage the excellent hardware - and more than happy to indulge all manner of failed attempts on the way.
The foundations look pretty damn good and I'm looking forward to all the frivolous edifices that can be built on top.
I think this might work..
Ages back I got a WD Live streaming box for my TV and found a YouTube app nestled away with Netflix and all the 'junk' plugins. I thought nothing of it until I randomly fired it up one day and realized I could 'pair' it with youtube on my phone.
Seems to work in the same way - I browse/select/queue stuff on my tablet/phone and then my WD just gets the content pushed onto it. Doesn't sound that exciting - but was actually quite an enjoyable way to spend an evening with out new video jukebox playing away.
Chromecast seems to be the next step in this process - not just youtube, but 'android' (potentially) as a whole.
Bit that would be really nice, and I assume on Google's radar, is bolting some aggregation app over the top. Say I want to watch a film or program, I search for it. It seems I have Lovefim and netflix installed so polls them. Doesn't find a match then maybe polls your catchup services or amazon prime. Doesn't find a match, then it polls Pay-on-demand services - sky, google themselves etc.
I love IPTV, I love video on demand - but they're all currently in their little silos. Absolute pain in the arse loading an app, searching for something that isn't there, loading another app etc.
Seems a similar concept to the Xbox One, just without the honking great console bolted on - and if anybody can do it, it's Google.
I've got sympathy for him
May not be to my own taste - but if you've got the cash and that's what you (or the missus) want...
He may have made some mistakes, but who hasn't and it sounds like he'd put some effort in.
Oh ffs, I just look around at all the problems in the world, and can't see how this even registers..
I'd wondered why he went to HK
Although thinking about what happened, it might make some sense.
I assume what he wants to avoid is legal extradition, or extraordinary rendition. Avoiding extradition isn't too hard, but the US have got pretty good at the second. Best defence on that count is to ensure that it would not be politically acceptable - get some good publicity out there (he's blown the whistle on something that's unconstitutional, but as far as I'm aware hasn't put people at risk). Then maybe get some backing from some large non-US countries. They get to host him for a while and demonstrate their commitment to free-speech and raise some pertinent pot/kettle questions with the US. He then moves on before it gets too diplomatically sticky.
e.g. Whilst I'm not expecting China to offer him refuge, if the US were to take any action against him, I'm sure the accusations the US has been making to China about their own dissidents might pop up.
I'm still utterly bemused as to why google is shutting reader down. I'm undoubtedly naive, but it never struck me as something that was costing millions to support. It was just a nice simple tool that worked really well (and surely gave google wonderful information on what stories interested me, and which didn't).
Not just the Reader platform itself, but the way other apps could be plugged into it - get a new podcast player and it just took a couple of clicks to point it to me reader profile to get all my feeds.
I'll go first - what's the point of LTE?
I mean I know from the operators point of view - it's a more more elegant and efficient system - but does anybody actually need this much bandwidth on their phone?
3G does me just fine for my mail, spotify and the odd bit of video streaming (and for this I'm usually using wifi) - what service do we have that actually requires LTE?
And, if this service did exist, it would be so massively expensive due to the operators retaining their old charges.
I can see it being extremely useful to provide pockets of 'internet' to homes in areas without cable/decent quality copper, but that's about it.
Leave the guy alone
I'm prone to bouts of Android-fanboyism, but I like the new icons.
Some of them like the settings sliders are pretty self-evident (I never quite understood how interlocked cogs represented adjustable settings) - and some of them (which I frankly have no idea what they do) are just damn-pretty. Press it a couple of times, you'll know what it does. Wait a couple of months and we'll all have osmotically picked it up.
Or to spin it positively
Isn't it great to see that the original IE was so extendable, they've managed to maintain it as the single code-base for all future revisions.
More seriously, I always query patches that just apply to single versions where the feature was there in both prior and later versions. If you knew you had to re-write something for the next release, then you probably were aware of the flaws in the prior version.
Why on earth aren't there more women in IT?
I had the opposite experience as a software vendor
Seemed to have one of those companies where everybody in the room had a decent depth of knowledge in their areas, and if they didn't you just needed to shout outside the meeting room door to find the right person. I definitely learnt stuff, anyway.
Additionally we 'worked together' - which I can assure you is a lot more rare than it should be. Slogging into the night is almost a pleasure when the customer is also working and actually want to become SMEs on what you're trying to do.
I could waffle on, but one of those rare projects where I could walk away at the end and actually be proud of what we'd done.
Somewhere in the depths of Prism
Every person who clicks on "http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/06/11/gpg_public_key.txt" is having a flag switched.
I didn't actually detest what MS were trying to do
As far as I could see it was similar to steam, just with a bolted on (and somewhat amorphous) ability to provide some ability to transfer games permanently. I *liked* the idea of just being able to sign into another XB and have my games, my DLC, my saves etc available on another machine.
The problem was that they were trying to make this exist alongside legacy physical media - and handling me having a game "in my profile" and somebody else physically having the disc necessitates the need to have a system to determine ownership and an mandatory internet connection so it can be enforced.
In my life I've probably bought a couple of 2nd hand games, but 'losing' this isn't a big deal. Last few times I've wanted to pick up an older game, I've found that they can usually be picked up new on Amazon for a fraction of their original price (and usually cheaper than 2nd hand on the High St). Just did a quick check and the last 1/2 dozen games I've bought are all between £7 and £20 new.
Second point is that Sony are already taking a cut from people who re-buy physical games. Not too familiar with the PS3, but at least half my Vita games seem to have a 'online access' DLC that auto-downloads along side the game you purchase - I sell on the game, and the next guy has to cough up £10 to make it go online. God knows how this gets handled by the retailers - they must either ignore it or mark the games up as costing £9.99 (physical) + £10 (online). However much you whine, the MS solution to this would at least be 'cleaner'
Most of this outrage has been manufactured and I suspect it's mainly led/funded by Game Stop/Play etc - as they stand to be wiped out financially if 2nd hand game sales stop/become prohibitively expensive. Sony have now leapt in to put the boot in as well, and it is NOTHING to do with them loving their gaming consumers - I don't think there's a company with a worse track-record of DRM, proprietary products, connectors, formats in existence on the planet.
Still, glad Sony have done this. I would expect that MS are frantically trying to work out how to relax their restrictions to clear up this PR nightmare before launch. Not just for 'us', but to appease the HighSt. I'd assume the line coming to them at the moment is "The PS4 is arguably more powerful, costs less and if we sell one we stand to be able to profit from reselling the buyer games in the future - WHY would you think we'll push your new console, rather than Sony's?"
I'm assuming it's related to previous statements like this
and after a quick google for a sample paper on "Living in a Digital World":
I think I may be in absolute agreement.
I don't have an issue with either price - OK the Xbox costs more, but it does have the mandatory Kinect thrown in now. Always online, well all my stuff is anyway. Never bought or sold a game second hand, so that's another one ticked off.
However, where I think Xbox are going to get royally bitten on their arse is over the 2nd hand games/locking to individual user accounts. All those shops on my high st seem to be surviving solely on their 2nd hand/trade-in market - bringing in a game and cash and walking out with another game is pretty much the only area where Amazon will never come up with a simpler/quicker solution.
I would have thought these retailers are going to be massively favouring the PS4 and pushing it over the XBO at every opportunity - as every sale they make is going to be supporting their collective future.
Reality of course is that the PS4 will descend into a mess of 'online passes' that you have to buy individually for each 2nd hand game you buy as is the case already with the Vita, but that's not their problem.
At least both sides seem to care
Quite refreshing to see the two 'teams' getting all fighty over their employers products.
Can I PLEASE have some resolution?
"And if our readers' comments are anything to go by, many of you hankering for full HD displays will stop reading at this point."
My PHONE now has "full HD resolution". I just cannot fathom why laptop manufacturers (especially those that can actually make screens themselves) can't just pretend the last decade of regression happened and give me the damn screen I want.
Re: Oh the conflict!
With you on the conflict.
Not exactly fond of McAlpine either though - His response when this initially kicked off was to ask her for £15,000
(which he's now got after she didn't pay and it got dragged into court with costs).
Not exactly sure what I'd have done in his situation - but surely a massive amount of public apology is the correct response. Oh, and the "money goes to my charity of choice" counts for f'all, when it's being pulled out of your wallet.
Looking at the tweet, I'm sure I've left more slanderous and unfounded comments lying all over the internet and have the odd paranoid moment sometimes waking up with a hangover and remembering I had the PC on.
Knowing the BBC
My assumption is that they just wanted to get rid of the CTO and if they have to bin a project to come up with a reason, so be it.
I'm always suspicious
Just means one load of lobbyists outpaid the other group this time.
That's my Christmas wish list taken care of.
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